Reading Level: 10 and Up
What the Moon Saw focuses upon a fourteen-year-old girl named Clara Luna which in Spanish means Clear Moon. Clara lives in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland with her mother, father, and brother. Her father is Mexican, having illegally immigrated from Mexico and started a landscaping business. All of the houses look the same. The yards look the same. She is looking for something else, something more real, but she doesn't know what it is. She also wants to learn who she is. One day, a letter arrives from her grandparents, inviting her to spend the summer in Mexico with them. They live in a poor village in southern Mexico called Yucuyoo. Clare accepts their invitation and finds that she truly loves them and life there. She discovers that her grandmother, Helena, is a healer and learns eventually that she too is a healer. This is her true calling. Laura Resau tells the story, using soft, poetic language. She alternates back and forth between Clara and Helena. This is a beautifully written book which has won many awards.
Written by Karin Olsen.